8th Sep, 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 
  Lot 48
 

1958 Citroen 2CV AZ

Sold for £12,375

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: 735 UYO
Chassis No: 472875
MOT: August 2022

  • Supplied new to Portugal and resident there until being imported into the UK during 2016
  • On static display in a Poruguese Citroen dealership for thirty-five years and as such believed to be a notably low mileage example
  • Among the very nicest examples we have encountered

“The most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car” (LJK Setright on the Citroen 2CV)

The development of Citroën's ever-charming Deux Chevaux dates back to 1936, ie a couple of years after the company had been rescued by Michelin. It was intended to motorise the large number of French farmers still relying on horses and carts, and it was research carried out amongst France's largely rural population that determined the following unique design brief: a low-priced, rugged 'umbrella on four wheels' that would enable four peasants to drive 110lb of farm goods to market at 31mph in clogs and via muddy, unpaved roads; including transporting eggs across a ploughed field without breaking them. Production was delayed by WWII, but began in 1948, following which 3,872,583 2CVs were manufactured via 11 factories across the world (including one in Slough, England) between 1948 and 1990, by when the ageing design had been defeated by contemporary legislation.

According to a handwritten note on file this remarkable 2CV was resident in Porto from new until 2016 when it relocated to the UK. Further understood to have spent over thirty-five years on display in a Citroen dealership, the vendor feels there is a possibility that the 9,600km shown on its odometer may represent the total covered from new. Self-evidently cherished throughout its life, the current bonnet was reportedly fitted during May 1962 on aesthetic grounds! Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session, the past five years have seen the four-seater converted to electronic ignition and fitted with a refurbished Solex 28 BCI carburettor. Among the very best examples we have encountered, ‘735 UYO’ is worthy of close inspection.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 8th Sep, 2021

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Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR

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